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theapplemaniac
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I currently have a MacBook Pro for student work and I was hoping that I can do some gaming overseas, since I study abroad. Would be great to have something to plug in to for gaming yet having a light laptop for work. Thanks for the giveaway! 😀

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xikteny
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As a welcoming gift to eGPU.io community, VisionTek has reserved one Limited Edition unit for a giveaway. To enter please leave a comment below with your host computer and your intended use. We will pick a winner on April 15th, 2019.

Due to my job I spend the majority of my time away from home, often moving between hotels every day or two. I used to carry a straight-up desktop gaming computer with me, but it just became too much of a pain to transport/hook up all the time, so I stopped bringing it, using only my phone for all computing needs instead.

Recently I became frustrated with doing paperwork/spreadsheets on my phone, and finally purchased an ultrabook, specifically a Dell XPS 13 9370. It's the model stocked by Costco, which is configured with a i7-8550U, 16GB of RAM, and the 4K touchscreen. I'm pretty happy with this laptop, and since buying it I have been considering buying a compact eGPU to pair with it, to get back into PC gaming on the go. This VisionTek offering looks pretty appealing as a transportable hotel-room gaming setup.

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I use a 2018 15" Core i9 MBP for work and games. Gaming on this hot mess is somewhat painful on the legs- I rather think this might be a good solution to keep the i9 away from too much thermal throttling and stop me burning my legs. Nice giveaway.

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itsage
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@thorne402 I'd recommend inquiring VisionTek directly (Support button). I've seen this enclosure being offered through Dell.

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Looks like a great product, love the dual TB3 controllers.

My current setup is a X1 Carbon, i7-8650, 16gb ram and 1TB SSD. Great machine. Really needs a TB3 EGPU to make video rendering work and mixed reality experimentation sing along. This looks like the ideal product. Was close on pulling the trigger on the Lenovo dock but the limited GPU has held me back. Its OK for today, but we need some future proofing, this dock gives us that.

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thorne402
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Thanks for the tip @itsage! I actually did this already and they replied that this product is only sold in US & Canada for the time being.

It seems they don't ship products abroad and they don't really have any valid resellers in Europe, i checked all the mentioned partners on their website and nobody sells this product, at least not yet.

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Dell XPS 13 9380 | i7-8560U | 16GB | 512GB | 4K Touch
Dell XPS 15 9570 | Base model, returned to shop
Dell XPS 13 9370 | i7-8550U | 16GB | 512GB | FHD (returned to shop)
Sonnet Breakaway Box 550W | MSI RTX 2060 Gaming Z | AOC Agon AG271QG
Waiting for a ASUS ROG XG Station Pro


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mojitoz
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Finally, a true portable eGPU. I have experience using another bulkier one, use it for work as a data scientist and occasionally carried the box between home and work place, so I know how troublesome it is. I'm using Macbook Air (2015 generation), with goalque's patch and Thunderbolt2 converter to run eGPU. Thanks VisionTek for the giveaway chance.

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OliverB
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Posted by: mojitoz

Finally, a true portable eGPU. I have experience using another bulkier one, use it for work as a data scientist and occasionally carried the box between home and work place, so I know how troublesome it is. I'm using Macbook Air (2015 generation), with goalque's patch and Thunderbolt2 converter to run eGPU. Thanks VisionTek for the giveaway chance.

Finally?! What about the Sonnet Breakaway Puck?

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itsage
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@oliverb The Breakaway Puck is definitely more portable. It's less than half the size the VisionTek Mini eGFX. I believe @mojitoz is speaking in the context of PCIe eGPU enclosure that you can choose and replace the graphics card. More broadly the dual TB3 controllers enable a true one cable solution to expand the capabilities of a thin-and-light laptop.

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Natali
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Awesome review! I use Macbook Pro 15", 512 GB SSD, and would love to have this eGPU. Playing Counter Strike Source, Serious Sam, BioShock.

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